Orkney MSP Liam McArthur is due to speak in the Scottish Parliament this week in a bid to push the Scottish Government to do more to tackle discriminatory delivery costs to Orkney.
The debate, scheduled for Wednesday [6 December] evening, comes in the wake of a new report published ‘Postcode Penalty: Delivering Solutions’ by Citizens Advice Scotland.
The publication reports new research that reveals people living on Scottish islands, including in Orkney, pay up on average 50% more for the cost of deliveries.
Citizens Advice Scotland also revealed that for heavier items, people in the Highlands and Islands can be asked to pay almost four times as much as the rest of the UK while over 80% of consumers affected do not think the extra price is fair.
Commenting ahead of the debate, Mr McArthur said:
“It is unfair that people living in Orkney can find themselves paying through the nose for deliveries they have purchased online. This affects many local small businesses as well, who often face increased costs.
“Citizens Advice Scotland has done a tremendous job over the years in shining a light on delivery practices across the Highlands & Islands. It is good to see evidence of some improvements, such as in the transparency of costs. It is equally clear that more must be done to tackle unfair delivery charges.
“I therefore welcome this report’s recommendation for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors, and would urge the Scottish Government to help lead those efforts.”